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Captain Marvel vs. Captain Marvel! 😀 Today we have a few pieces of art we found and a few YouTube video slide show tributes of the good Captains!
The art to your left is by a fellow named Tommy Tejeda from his blog which can be found at www.tommytejeda.blogspot.com. Mr. Tejeda has several more nice pieces of art on display there. We chose this one to spotlight because of today’s theme of the two Captain Marvels.
We also have some art from the great DC Comics/Jerry Ordway version of the DC Captain Marvel in the Power of Shazam series from the late ’90’s. This was the defining series for the DC Captain Marvel. Jerry Ordway did the writing and art on the graphic novel introducing the DC version of the character. This was the second time that DC had done their own version of the character. The previous retcon by Roy Thomas and Tom Mandrake in 1987 with the Shazam! The New Beginning miniseries was not as successful. The other revival attempts starting in 1973 were based on the Fawcett Captain Marvel Universe, even to the point of bringing back the characters original artist C.C. Beck. In his graphic novel, Ordway re-introduced the character paying homage to the original while revising his origin to better fit the DC Universe. At long last DC had their own version of Captain Marvel. Something that probably the DC Legal Team were highly in favor of since the fact that the original Fawcett Captain Marvel and family stories were in the Public Domain was beginning to come to light. The Power of Shazam series came out the next year with Ordway writing and the art of Peter Krause, Mike Manley, Dick Giordano, and Ordway himself along the way. The title lasted 49 issues before cancellation.
And from Marvel Comics: their recent revival of Captain Mar-vell. What? Didn’t he die of cancer? Well, following some work within the Negative Zone by Reed Richards, Tony Stark and Henry Pym, a wrinkle in space-time developed. Meanwhile, back in a time before his death Captain Marvel touched the space-time distortion and was transported through time to the Negative Zone in the present day. Spinning straight out of his return in Civil War, Captain Marvel’s new life began in Captain Marvel #1 (of 5) in 2007! It was Written by Brian Reed, Penciled by Lee Weeks, with a cover (to the left) by Ed McGuiness.
What we would like to see: Wouldn’t it be great to have a comic book match up between the two Captain Marvels? We wonder why DC and Marvel have never done that? They have done many crossovers before, beginning with the clash between Superman and Spider-Man back in the ’70’s. Seems like a natural to have the two square off. Makes one wonder if it’s because of the trademark rights for the name Captain Marvel. Could it be Marvel does not want to give DC’s Captain Marvel any credibility? After all, if they were going to stick the trademark policy of the past the cover could not feature the logos with Captain Marvel vs. Captain Marvel which would be the only way to bill it for marketing purposes. They would have to use Captain Marvel vs. Shazam as DC did on the cover of their big battle, one-shot comic with Superman vs. Captain Marvel a few years ago. If Marvel and DC could handcuff their lawyers we might see a great story! 😉 And with that sneaky little intro, let’s see what Neal Adams has to say about the subject:
Breaking Into Comics The Marvel Way! Last week we reported on Stan Lee and John Buscema’s How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way. Well as a follow up we give you the following info from Marvel’s site:
Want to know what it takes to break into Marvel Comics like these guys? Then look no further than this two-part book which is a must-have for anyone wanting to be a Comic Book Breakout Star! After traveling the globe and meeting scores of talented illustrators, intrepid writer, editor and talent manager C.B. Cebulski is giving twelve rising star artists the opportunity to do their breakout work at Marvel Comics! But not only will BREAKING INTO COMICS THE MARVEL WAY showcase the work of these up-and-comers, C.B. will also provide an insider’s commentary on how these artists got their work seen and what it was that landed them the gig. And with step-by-step submission information and a sample Marvel Comics script, these books are MUST HAVES for anyone interested in doing their breakout work and breaking into the comics industry!
Find out more at the Marvel site by clicking the link above.
Any questions or comments? All are welcome.